The trail is very rutted due to the wet 2016/2017 winter. It's a quad buster on the climb and knee banger on the descent. For the usually tame Santa Monicas, it provides a very respectable challenge.

Easy trail up to Danielson Ranch, but after that you should be prepared to scramble. The portion above the Ranch is not for novices attempting their first long hike. Bring at least 2 liters of water, you'll need it. Be advised that the trail above Danielson Ranch is deeply rutted in parts, and apparently not maintained. Bring your poles - you'll need them for the return to avoid falls.

Having said all that, if you are an experienced hiker, it's an excellent hike because of the challenging climbs -- you'll get a great workout.

3 months ago

I hiked this in the late summer and it was a fairly boring day hike. I think this trail is more suited for a mountain biking. That said, I will give a second chance this spring when the wildflowers come to life. But for now, I will say it is a very average hike for the Santa Monicas.

It's scenic, but it's about being difficult more than it's about sight-seeing. Only for people with solid mental fortitude and a touch of sadism. Bring more water than you think you need and lots of sunscreen. Personally, I loved this hike. I usually keep a fast clip and rarely take breaks on the trail - Boney humbled me a tiny bit.

Would definitely recommend long pants for this hike. Areas of the trail are overgrown and shorts will give you rashes if you're allergic to wild grass. Bring plenty of water/snacks and start early, it gets hot on the Newbury Park side of the trail. Once you're on top of the mountain you can feel the cooling ocean breeze. Would have given it 5 stars if there was less overgrowth.

4 months ago

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